Northern Age, April 10, 2014.
Far North-based Labour list MP Shane Jones is beginning to wonder if the North’s planners were trained by the CIA.
“It’s a fair question, given their propensity for assassinating opportunities for economic growth,” he said.
“The North may or may not get a super council, but it needs to be pro-solutions, pro-economic growth. For a start our leaders need to set the agenda rather than allowing themselves to be dictated to by planners and bureaucrats.”
Specifically he had had a “gutsful” of delays and dashed hopes over establishing new industries such as fish farming.
“These opportunities are always opposed by the ill-informed and the nimby brigade,” he said.
‘As far as fish farming goes, I accept that some boaties, including me, may be inconvenienced, but the pleasure I derived from boating ought to play second fiddle to our desperate need for jobs in the North.
“It is grossly unfair that a dairy farmer can set himself up with virtually no compliance costs, but a fish farmer needs a treasure chest just to wade through the paperwork before he puts the first peg in the water.”